To mark the millennium, my first and second grade special-education class will collect 2,000 pennies. We will then figure out how much money we have in dollars by grouping the pennies into hundreds. With our money we will buy books for the class. With this activity we will learn money sense, counting, and grouping. Carolyn V. Hardy, Dorchester, MA My sixth-grade students have been keeping track of their minutes spent reading. Our goal is for each student to read for 2,000 millennium minutes (33 hours and 20 minutes). They can read novels, magazines, newspapers — anything except text books. We have been reading since September. This could also work to kick off the new year. Ann Benbenek, Westborough, MA I am having my students make time capsules. They are using regular-sized Pringles cans and wrapping them in contact paper. Children may place anything they want inside the capsules. Some ideas include: pictures from this year, stories about what is going on in their lives right now, pictures of family and friends, pictures of famous people, a list of \\"favorites\\" (actors, singers, song, friend, color, food, etc.), a short paragraph describing where they want to be in six years (when they graduate), or anything else they wish. After placing items in the time capsules, students glue on the tops, then take them home and wait until they graduate to open it. Michele Hinojosa, Layton, Utah My students are working in groups to make a newspaper for a day in the 20th century. Their headline article is an important event in the century, and everything else is centered around this date. Pam Risner, West Liberty, KY My third-grade class is involved in a myriad of activities to mark the new millennium. They researched important inventors and created an Invention Time Line. They created their own wacky inventions for the future. The children also interviewed the oldest people they know in order to compare lifestyles, past and present. My class learned about the importance of the census in planning for the future and is taking a census of our school. We are currently learning about the movers and shakers of the past century. These are exciting times. The new millennium lends itself to countless lessons which can be integrated into all areas of the curriculum. Susan McKay, Brooklyn, New York Our teachers asked parents to send in names of public people they would like their kids to take with them as role models in the new millennium. From that list, we researched and sent home information about one person each week. The parents and kids had to read the information and send back several sentences and illustrations about that person. We are putting the sentences and illustrations into a book that we will send to each person students have studied. Pat Silver, Portland, Oregon Our third through sixth graders are trying to read 2,000 books by 2000. We started Sept. 21,1999. When a student reads a book, he or she fills out a slip. The library club is making a chain out of the slips, which is surrounding our media center. The slips change color every 100 books. We have a large graph of the number of books read by homeroom. Melinda Hollon, Deatsville, AL In my third grade class, I am reviewing a time line of inventors, inventions, and culture-changing events with my students. Then we will work on predicting how these discoveries and cultural events may impact our lives in the next millennium. Diane Seifert, Jacksonville, FL On December 10, we participated in Scholastic's Read for 2000! and read for 2,000 seconds with our stuffed-animal friends. We made papier-mché balls to fill with notes saying what we think we will be doing in 2020, along with a list of our \\"Favorites of 1999\\" and a picture of ourselves in fourth grade. We will open them in the year 2020. Janet Arndt, Milton, WI We estimated how many days it would take us to collect 2,000 blocks if we added 20 blocks to our bin each day. Students can see how much 2,000 really is. We also made a poster labeled \\"Countdown 2000.\\" Each day we find out how many days left till the year 2000. Amy, Columbus, OH We have some school-wide projects going on to help celebrate the new millennium. We collected pennies to give food to a needy family. Each class had a goal of 1,000 pennies. We brought in over $500 in a school of 350 children. We are collecting 1,000 cereal boxes, which will be set up like dominoes in January to show the children just how many 1,000 is. We are doing a jog-a-thon where each child runs three laps of our gym. As each child completes a lap, he or she will pin a $1 bill on the wall to total $1,000 to give to Legacy Children's Hospital. The money is being brought in before the jog-a-thon. We are completing a time line of the 20th century to share as an entire school. Each class is creating a collection of 1,000 of an item of its choosing. We had a committee meet to plan all of these fun activities. Shannon Bice, Damascus, OR My students are making pictures of what the new millennium means to them and their families. I am scanning the pictures and making a year 2000 calendar for each child in the group. Jodie Lidster, Newmarket, Ontario My second graders are going to use sidewalk chalk to write the numbers 1 through 2,000 along our school's breezeway walks. We figure it's going to run all the way through the school, and will give us a good idea of how \\"long\\" 2,000 is! As part of a second-grade-wide project, we are also collecting 2,000 pennies and will give the proceeds to a neighborhood charity. Patricia Corlett, Miami, FL In my combined fourth- and fifth-grade gifted class, the students are working on an e-mail project. They are sending broadcast e-mails to find the names of local newspapers throughout the world. When they receive the name of a paper, they plot its hometown on a world map. We hope to have the names of 2,000 towns and newspapers by the millennium! Melinda Mayben, Pittsburg, TX Our fifth graders are reading at morning assembly every day from the Scholastic book Turn of the Century. We started with the year 1000, and each day until Christmas break two students read about each century until the present time. We practice during class time, and everyone seems to like the idea! Monika, San Luis Obispo, CA In my first grade we're doing chores at home to earn pennies. Our class has a goal to earn 2,000 pennies. With the money we earn we are going to buy toys for children in need. We started three days ago and we have already earned $7.20, so we are sure to reach our goal. We are learning counting, money sense, and estimation. Annette Romano, Niskayuna, NY My second grade class is going to perform a Y2K dance. They will all wear green T-shirts and a green headband with green antennae, because they are Y2K bugs. On their T-shirts will be the words 2K YEAH! They will be dancing to the song \\"Tequila\\", but instead of saying Tequila, they will shout \\"2K YEAH!\\" We have been choreographing the dance together, and they are very good and very excited about it. Mayrene Ryan, Sylmar, CA We have cross-age pen pals in my school. We have invited our pen pals to come to our room to join in Scholastic's Read for 2000! on December 10. Each child will read with his or her pen pal for 2000 seconds (33 1/3 minutes) beginning at noon. After the pen pals read their books together they will have a short book discussion. Then we plan on having snacks. Our superintendent and principal will be reading to the students also on that day. Judy Smith, Prague, OK The children in my third grade class will be making a time capsule. Each child will write a letter to her or himself, including names of favorite books, songs, movies, TV shows, activities, and good friends. They will also include a picture and any small items they feel represent themselves for 1999. We will decorate and seal the box. Ten years from now, everyone can open the box and reveal their thoughts from 1999. Beth Santopolo, Hewlett, NY